Explore the Memorial

The Anzac Memorial is at once both a work of art and a remarkable piece of architecture. The artist was George Rayner Hoff, an English sculptor who had migrated to Sydney in the 1920s. Rayner Hoff had served in the Royal Engineers as a map maker in France during the Great War and in Germany with the army of occupation. His collaboration with the Australian architect Charles Bruce Dellit on the Anzac Memorial is seamless, it is impossible to identify where the work of the artist ends and that of the architect begins. It is one of the finest surviving examples of art deco style in Australia.

On this day

On this day
19 February

1915 — Allied warships attempted to force a passage through the Dardanelles, (Turkey). The failure of this attempt led to the disastrous GALLIPOLI campaign

1942 — 188 Japanese aircraft attacked DARWIN. There was second attack later this day, the first two of 64 attacks on Darwin over the next 20 months. At least 243 people were killed in the attacks, including WG CDR A. Tindal, who became the first Royal Australian Air Force member to die on active service on Australian soil

1943 — Parliament approved the Defence (Citizens Military Forces) Bill, introducing conscription for service in the south west Pacific war zone